Sep 10, 2007 11:29am
Re: we already have a winner...
Mouse even did the cover for the 2nd pressing (1978) of the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (1972 double lp on Elektra),
but all subsequent Nuggets (Rhino) series, repackaged since 1983 by specific genre (pop, psych, folk-rock etc), region (north-west, south), city or state (Texas, California, San Francisco, Los Angeles)...
quite often repeated many of the same tracks on slightly different collections, while never reprinting that Mouse Studios version of the Nuggets art/logo; preferring the 1972 Nuggets' pink yellow + orange bubble-gum kitsch cover instead.
I guess I'm the only one who voted for the debut Dead cover art, I just think that collage is a masterpiece.
Not to take away from Griffin's Aoxomoxoa (or his WALSTIB, WOTF, SYF, WAN either).
Deserving a mention are the Best of GD cover with Marlon Brando, Mitch Miller (or some sinister bearded fellow), Marilyn Monroe and W.C. Fields sitting at a greasy spoon counter.
Btw, subtle touches went into the Workingman's Dead cover...
the shadows of smokestacks were drawn on the photo, giving it that grim industrial look say of Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago or Pittsburgh...
R. Crumb - the artist of perhaps the best 60's San Francisco album cover, Cheap Thrills - did do one cover for the Grateful Dead - The
Then again, some may consider (the best SF band cover) Qucksilver's Happy Trails or It's A Beautiful Day... both by the Charlatans' George Hunter.
If you look closely, both album covers feature the same woman in the same bonnet and dress!
I still prefer the first Dead cover but throw all those in (if staying within the genre/city/era) the gap narrows considerably.
But wait, what's this?
Changed my mind, it's gotta be Vintage Dead, with that classic bottle of Ripple! Plus a nod to the Skull-Fvck Rubiyat Kelley-Mouse poster.
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